Champions cup organisers confirm possible semi final venues

first_imgA win for Leinster over Wasps this weekend means they would play Toulon in Nice or Clermont in Lyon.last_img

Tipp overcome Cavan in do-or-die qualifier game

first_imgA penalty scored by Conor Sweeney in the latter stages of the second half put Tipp 3 points into the lead.A goal from centre back Robbie Kiely put Tipp 6 points into the lead with 7 minutes to go, and it was swiftly followed by a point from Quinlivan.It finished up 2-15 to 18 points. Tipp have just overcome Cavan in their must-win qualifier game in Kingspan Breffni.Despite being down 12 points to 6 at half time the Premier fought back with 4 unanswered points to begin the second half.And Tipp sharpshooter Michael Quinlivan was brought on in place of George Hannigan about 15 minutes into the second half.last_img read more

Republic of Ireland to face Serbia this week

first_imgShane Duffy has described the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup Qualifier against Serbia on Tuesday as “a huge game” following the 1-1 draw with Georgia.The Brighton defender headed Ireland ahead after just four minutes in Tbilisi on Saturday night but Georgia equalised before half-time.It leaves Serbia, who beat Moldova 3-0, two points clear at the top of Group D with third-placed Wales two points behind Ireland. Photo © Pixabay Duffy remains upbeat and feels Georgia are a better side then their results suggest:last_img read more

Stapleton hoping for good crowd at Roscommon clash

first_imgHe says it should be a good game…The game throws in on Sunday at 2pm in Semple Stadium.Tipp FM will have live coverage of the game in association with Cleary Motors Renault – Thurles Tipp senior footballers are hoping for a good crowd of supporters to head to Semple Stadium to see them take on Roscommon tomorrow.Having overcome Cork – one of the promotion favourites – last weekend, the Premier face the other team hotly tipped for promotion from Division 2.However, with a win already under their belts, Tipp coach Shane Stapleton says the pressure is off slightly.last_img read more

Champions League: Ronaldo’s Treble Fires Real Madrid into Semis, City Through

first_imgRonaldo’s hat-trick goal came from a free-kick when Wolfsburg’s wall parted.It completed a quite remarkable turnaround by the 10-time champions of Europe and keeps alive a season that looked to be over for Zinedine Zidane’s side after last week’s loss in Germany.Elsewhere on the night, Kevin De Bruyne fired Manchester City through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.The £55m Belgian smashed home a 20-yarder 14 minutes from time to secure a 1-0 victory against French champions Paris Saint-Germain and complete a 3-2 aggregate win in a tense quarter-final second leg at the Etihad.PSG dominated the first half in terms of possession after City had started brightly.Joe Hart saved well from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s free kick but the French champions struggled to create chances.It took the home side 22 minutes to muster an effort on goal – and even then Sergio Aguero fired wide and followed that up with another shot seconds later that was much closer.On the half hour Aguero had a much better chance to put City ahead.He was fouled by keeper Kevin Trapp in the penalty area but Aguero blazed the spot-kick wide.Jesus Navas then scuffed a shot wide after another defensive error from the visitors.After the break another Ibrahimovic free kick was pushed wide by Hart.Hart was then forecd into a smart save from Thiago Silva’s header.But with 14 minutes remaining De Bruyne calmed the nerves of the home fans, smashing home from outside the area after good work from Fernando.Five minutes from time Ibrahimovic thought he had levelled but his goal was ruled out for offside.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Cristiano Ronaldo scored a superb hat-trick as Real Madrid overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg to reach the Champions League semi-finals.Wolfsburg arrived in Spain’s capital protecting a healthy lead, but that was wiped out by a Ronaldo double in the space of 86 first-half seconds.The Portuguese swept home the first from six yards before a glancing header leveled the scores on aggregate.last_img read more

American Promoter Hails Britain Boxing Revolution

first_imgAmerican promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of today’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut, live on Sky Sports.DiBella told Sky Sports: “The quality of British boxing right now is, I think at an all-time high. “I think Stephen is reflective of that quality – he’s No 1 contender for a reason. He earned it. He’s not a joke or a political situation – he earned the right to fight Pedraza.“I think every British fighter out there fighting for a title is dangerous because they’re all watching what’s going on around them. It’s like a British boxing revolution. It’s pretty amazing what you guys are doing over there.“Stephen thinks he can win and he’s here to win. You guys are hot. Right now, there is no country in the world hotter than Great Britain. You have more world champions than any place else.“You have a Brit fighting for a world title and it’s one of the Smith brothers. It’s one of the great fighting families to ever come out of the UK with a 154lb champ, a 168lb European champ, a world title contender and now ‘Swifty trying to win a world title against Jose Pedraza.“It’s a terrific match-up. He’s a legitimate No 1 contender and is trying to bring another championship back to Great Britain, to Liverpool and to his family. I think people should tune in because that’s a great fight.”Also on the bill is a potential future opponent for Wales’ IBF featherweight king Lee Selby – WBC holder Gary Russell Jr (26-1-KO15), who fights Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1-KO15)DiBella added: “I’m sure you guys can root for a guy from Ireland, too, in Patrick Hyland.“He’s had an amazingly difficult year, is a really inspirational young man. He’s got his hands full with one of the fastest, most athletic champions in boxing in Gary Russell Jr.“Patrick is going to bring the fight. He has a lot to be fighting for. He’s focused. Everything he has, he’s going to be laying out there. When you have those kind of matches, you want to be staying up and watching them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Heartland Wants Oriental Derby Moved

first_img“It does not make sense or serve the purpose for us to sacrifice human life to meet the demand of Friday Night Football.“We just returned from Kano on Monday after the Sunday match at Kano Pillars and here we are on Tuesday training for another crucial game on Wednesday against Plateau United and somebody deems it fair on us to head off to Enugu on Thursday to play on Friday against a difficult opponents, Enugu Rangers.“The same LMC that wants us to play Rangers on Friday has carefully shifted the side’s midweek match at El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri to Wednesday, June 01.“For us to give our very best in the match we want the LMC to move the oriental derby to Saturday or preferably on Sunday but Friday is completely a wrong date for the match,” said Onuh to Owerri-based side have Wednesday NPFL match-day 18 date against the Tin City side at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The management of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Heartland has said categorical no to the ‘Friday Night Football’ oriental derby at Enugu Rangers.The Naze Millionaires are billed to be the guests of neighbours, Enugu Rangers in Friday’s NPFL matchday 19 clash at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.An official of the Owerri outfit, Solomon Onuh said though the management of Heartland welcomes wholeheartedly the new practices by the League Management Company (LMC) to shore up the domestic league those innovations should consider the precious life of the prime actors in the change.“Management and players have said outright no to the demand by LMC for the side to head to Enugu for the Friday’s Night Football at Enugu Rangers on Friday.“We truly liked the innovations but not at the detriment of human life which the order seems to overlook.“We cannot finish the midweek match-day 18 clash against Plateau United then travel to Enugu on Thursday to engage Enugu Rangers on Friday that will be too demanding and tedious on the part of the entire team.last_img read more

NCC Tennis League Returns with Coca-Cola Support

first_imgThe NCC Tennis League will resume this weekend with a high-stake tie between Team Lead Way and defending champions,Team Tombim, at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. There is also a second tie in Ilorin between Team Goshen and Team Offikwu at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.Team Tombim has national champion Moses Michael and highest ranked ATP player Christian Paul as the leading players and they are backed by Sarah Adegoke, national No.4 as the women’s singles player.The defending champions will however have to contend with Joseph Imeh, a Nigerian top 10 and ATP ranked player as well as Ronke Akingbade ranked No.5 in the ladies. The Lead Way team is also expected to have the edge in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles as it has Monday Igbinovia, a doubles expert to lead the doubles teams. In Ilorin, tennis fans will have the opportunity to watch the skills of Sylvester Emmanuel National No.2 and Aanu Aiyegbusi the women’s No. 3 who will likely face a tough challenge from fast improving Bunmi Aare, the Goshen team top player.Meanwhile soft-drink giants, Coca – Cola have thrown their weight behind the tennis league. Coca- Cola will be offering refreshment to all the players, officials and spectators at all the venues beginning this weekend.Director of the International Tennis Academy, Godwin Kienka, who is coordinating the league said: “This is a massive addition to the tennis league and takes us closer to our our dream of becoming the most spectator friendly event in Nigeria. In addition to snacks and refreshments to all spectators, there will be raffle draws for state-of-the-art phones, tee shirts and other gift items.”“The NCC Consumer Affairs Department is also setting up shop at every match venue to attend to complaints and inquiries from phone and data users. What more can spectators ask for? It is an ideal family picnic event with matches staring at 10 am at all venues.”The NCC Tennis League is a team championship open to all Nigerian tennis players of all levels and is offering almost N30 million in prize money and bonuses. The winning team takes home N7 million, runner-up N5 million, third place N3 million and fourth place N2 million.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Integrity Multi-Stakeholder Workshop Ends in Abuja Â

first_imgThe NFF was identified as the lead agency in the fight against match manipulation, based on its various activities in this area. The workshop enabled networking among sport entities and security agencies to elaborate on methods for combating corruption and match fixing in sport. Among the objectives of the workshop was the identification of key stakeholders needed for the development of a coordinated national approach in Nigeria and Ghana that protects the integrity of sport, development of knowledge and understanding of the global threat from competition manipulation and illegal/irregular sports betting, and identification of ways of preventing and responding to possible breaches of integrity by identifying key actions required to more effectively protect sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A two-day Integrity-In-Sport-Multi-Stakeholder-Workshop has ended in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with participants brought to speed on latest methods and techniques in combating match fixing and corruption in sports. The workshop, held at the Denis Hotel, was part of a global capacity building and training programme to assist countries to address the new criminal challenge posed by competition manipulation and other threats to the integrity of sport. The programme was also meant to foster collaboration between law enforcement agencies, the National Olympic Committee, National Sports Federations, public authorities, the betting industry and other actors involved in preventing the infiltration of crime into sport, particularly as related to competition manipulation.At the workshop were officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Interpol, National Olympic Committee, Nigeria Football Federation (represented by the National Integrity Officer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa and Head of Legal Unit, Barrister Okey Obi), other sports federations, EFCC, ICPC and sports betting companies. The focus was on the development of a strategy to combat match manipulation within Nigeria and Ghana. last_img read more

Iran Wins First World Cup Match in 20 Years

first_imgIranian football fans have every reason to thank their stars as Morocco substitute Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own goal in injury time to hand Iran their first win in a World Cup match in 20 years.Bouhaddouz mistakenly headed the ball into his own net with a diving header at the near post in the 95th minute (five minutes into the injury time) as Morocco defended a left-wing free-kick.The result was harsh on the African side, who wasted numerous chances in the first half and were denied several scoring chances including a late attempt that Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand saved from Hakim Ziyech. Morocco started as the stronger side, but the best chance the side could muster for all their dominance was a goal-mouth scramble when Younes Belhanda saw a shot blocked before Medhi Benatia’s follow-up was kept out by goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand.Iran grew in confidence towards the end of the half and should have been in front when Vahid Amiri sent Sardar Azmoun through on goal, but the striker got the ball stuck in his feet and by the time he got a shot off, goalkeeper Munir had come off his line to make the save.The Asian side at the end sealed the victory to make it their second win in World Cup history after a 2-1 win over the United States at France 1998.Morocco became the second African side to concede a late winning goal in the World Cup on Friday, after Egypt lost 0-1 to Uruguay in Group A, thanks to a last-minute header from Jose Gimenez.Both goals against Egypt and Morocco came from almost the same point and time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more